Unanswered Letters



There are many times when we begin a certain task that God lays on our hearts and because we think our efforts are minimal and not making a difference, we quit the job that God told us to pursue.


The enemy loves to plant seeds of doubt and lure us into thinking that we are not capable of making a difference in this world, but with God’s help we can overcome and fulfill the destiny that God has for every believer.


If you are going through a situation of doubting your task unto the Lord, then I hope this story will bless and encourage you to never quit what God has laid on your heart because you may never know of the lives that you are touching.


I read of a man who was involved in a tragic accident.  He lost both legs and his left arm and only a finger and thumb remained on the right hand.


But he still possessed a brilliant mind, enriched with a good education and broadened with world travel.  At first he thought there was nothing he could do but remain a helpless sufferer.


A thought came to him.  It was always nice to receive letters, but why not write them–he could still use his right hand with some difficulty.   But to whom could be right?


Was there anyone shut-in and incapacitated like he was who could be encouraged by his letters? He thought of men in prison–they did have some hope of release, whereas he had none–but it was worth a try.


He wrote to a Christian organization concerned with prison ministry. He was told that his letters could not be answered because it was against prison rules, but he still decided to commence this one-sided correspondence.


He wrote twice a week, and it taxed his strength to the limit. But into the letters he put his whole soul, all his experience, all his faith, all his wit, and all his Christian optimism.


Frequently he felt discouraged and was tempted to give it all up.  But it was his one remaining activity, and he resolved to continue as long as he could.


At last he got a letter.  It was very short, written on prison stationery by the officer whose duty it was to censor the mail.


All it said was: “Please write on the best paper you can afford.  Your letters are passed from cell to cell till they literally fall to pieces.”


No matter what your situation may be like, you still have the ability to encourage someone who is discouraged and lift up someone who is feeling low.


Take this story as an encouragement to give your all for someone else and do not worry about the results.  No good work will go unseen and only God knows of the impact that your life can have on someone else.


Let us not do our good works so that we may be praised, but let us do good works so that others may be lifted up and God be praised because of our intervention.


The only thing that we can take with us into eternity is what we have done for the Lord.  There are no bank accounts in heaven to show how much your net worth was on the earth, but there will be accounts in heaven of what you did to show your life as an example in leading others to Him.


— Author Unknown

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Uplifting things to do Today


* Smile at a stranger

* Drop a coin where a child can find it

* Learn something new and teach it to someone

* Tell someone you love them

* Hug someone

* Forgive someone who has wronged you

* Try saying “I’m sorry” when you ought to

* Tell a child how great they are

* Sing a song about Jesus to yourself

* Keep a promise

* Call someone just to say hello

* Try listening more than talking

* Stand up for what you believe in

* Thank God for His beautiful Creation

* Encourage someone who is feeling down

* Cherish today as if it were your last one

* Tell someone about Jesus

— Author Unknown

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Unconditional Love



A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in foreign lands. He called his parents from San Francisco. “Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring home with me.”


“Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.”


“There’s something you should know the son continued, he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on an IED and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.”


“I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live.”


“No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us.”


“Son,” said the father, “you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives.  I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own.”


At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide. The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn’t know, their son had only one arm and one leg.


The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don’t like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are. Thankfully, there’s someone who won’t treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are.


Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us!!


— Author Unknown

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just a thought….words

Dont mix bad words with your bad mood. You’ll have many opportunities to change a mood, but you’ll never get the opportunity to replace the words you spoke.

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The Bible and the coal basket



The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible.


His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could. One day the grandson asked, “Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?” The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.” The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house.


The grandfather laughed and said, “You will have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.


This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was “impossible to carry water in a basket,” and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again. At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty.


Out of breath, he said, “See Papa, it’s useless!”


“So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look at the basket.” The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean. “Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.


That is the work of God in our lives.


To change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of His son.


Take time to read a portion of God’s word each day.


— Author Unknown

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Two Horses in a Field


Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if one stops the car, or is walking by, one will notice something quite amazing. Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.

Listening, one will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, one will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her bridle is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.

As one stands and watches these two friends, one sees how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is trusting that she will not lead him astray.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by God and those whom he places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see God.

Author Unknown

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time management


One day, an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high-powered overachiever s he said, “Okay, time for a quiz” and he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouth mason jar and set it on the table in front of him.

He also produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?”

Everyone in the class yelled, “Yes.” The time management expert replied, “Really?” He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. He then asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?”

By this time the class was on to him. “Probably not,” one of them answered. “Good!” he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?”

“No!” the class shouted. Once again he said, “Good.” Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?”

One eager beaver raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!” “No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not the point.

The truth this illustration teaches us is:

If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.”

What are the ‘big rocks’ in your life, time with your loved ones, your faith, your education, your dreams, a worthy cause, teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you’ll never get them in at all.

So, tonight, or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question: What are the ‘big rocks’ in my life?

Then, put those in your jar first.

— Author Unknown

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tomorrow is not promise



Sometimes people come into your life

and you know right away that they were meant to be there,

they serve some sort of purpose,

teach you a lesson

or help figure out who you are

and who you want to become.


You never know who these people may be:

your neighbor, child, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger

who, when you lock eyes with them,

you know at that very moment that they will affect your life

in some profound way.


And sometimes things happen to you

and at the time they seem painful and unfair,

but in reflection you realize

that without overcoming those obstacles

you would have never realized

your potential strength, will power, or heart.


Everything happens for a reason.

Nothing happens by chance

or by means of good or bad luck.

Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity

all occur to test the limits of your soul.


Without these small tests,

whether they be events, illnesses or relationships,

life would be like a smoothly paved straight flat road to nowhere,

safe and comfortable,

but dull and utterly pointless.


The people you meet who affect your life

and the successes and downfalls you experience

create who you are,

and even the bad experiences can be learned from,

In fact, they are probably the poignant and important ones.


If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart,

forgive them,

for they have helped you learn about trust

and the importance of being cautious to

whom you open your heart…


If someone loves you,

love them back unconditionally,

not only because they love you,

but because they are teaching you to love

and opening your heart and eyes to things

you would have never seen or felt without them.


Make every day count.

Appreciate every moment

and take from it everything that you possibly can,

for you may never be able to experience it again…


Talk to people you have never talked to before,

and actually listen,

let yourself fall in love,

break free and set your sights high…


Hold your head up because you have every right too.

Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself…

for if you don’t believe in yourself,

no one else will believe in you either.


Create your own life

and then go out and live in it!

“Live Each Day As If It Were Your Last…

Tomorrow is Not Promised”


— Author Unknown

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resolutions and prayer for 2014



This coming year, I have decided that with God’s help, I shall:-


Give up complaining . . . focus on gratitude.


Give up harsh judgments . . . think kind thoughts.


Give up worry . . . trust divine providence.


Give up discouragement . . . be full of hope.


Give up bitterness . . . turn to forgiveness.


Give up hatred . . . return good for evil.


Give up anger . . . practice patience.


Give up pettiness . . . put on maturity.


Give up gloom. . . enjoy the beauty that is around me.


Give up gossiping . . . control my tongue.


— Author Unknown



My prayer for you in 2014 is that you will:

* Accept the shortcomings in others and realize it is not your responsibility to correct them, it is God’s to perfect them

* Understand your own shortcomings and allow God to perfect them, in His own time

* Reach out to help those whom you can help

* Accept help from those who wish to help you

* Understand that God loves you

* Understand that God wants you to love others


May you have bountiful blessings in 2014


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questions for the new year….

Even those most faithful to God occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of their lives. It’s so easy to bump along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we’re going and where we should be going.

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.

1. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?
3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?
5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?
8. What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?
9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in 10 years? In eternity?  

In addition to these 10 questions, here are 21 more to help you “Consider your ways.” Think on the entire list at one sitting, or answer one question each day for a month.

11. What’s the most important decision you need to make this year?
12. What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what’s one way you could simplify in that area?
13. What’s the most important need you feel burdened to meet this year?
14. What habit would you most like to establish this year?
15. Who is the person you most want to encourage this year?
16. What is your most important financial goal this year, and what is the most important step you can take toward achieving it?
17. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your work life this year?
18. What’s one new way you could be a blessing to your pastor (or to another who ministers to you) this year?
19. What’s one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?
20. What book, in addition to the Bible, do you most want to read this year?
21. What one thing do you most regret about last year, and what will you do about it this year?
22. What single blessing from God do you want to seek most earnestly this year?
23. In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?
24. What’s the most important trip you want to take this year?
25. What skill do you most want to learn or improve this year?
26. To what need or ministry will you try to give an unprecedented amount this year?
27. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your commute this year?
28. What one biblical doctrine do you most want to understand better this year, and what will you do about it?
29. If those who know you best gave you one piece of advice, what would they say? Would they be right? What will you do about it?
30. What’s the most important new item you want to buy this year?
31. In what area of your life do you most need change, and what will you do about it this year?  

The value of many of these questions is not in their profundity, but in the simple fact that they bring an issue or commitment into focus. For example, just by articulating which person you most want to encourage this year is more likely to help you remember to encourage that person than if you hadn’t considered the question.

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